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and looked him in the eye and addressed the president directly.+ in most of his answers, president obama spoke to either jim lehrer or the audience. this was, in general, a good debate. there were some annoyed appearances ffom the president, some inpatient attempts to interrupt the flow of things by mitt romney, but fairly ssall. lots of policy. for reporters and voters who thought a lot of times this campaign has ordered a little bit too on -- to much on the cynical, there was it kind of policy tonight. you heard president obama at one. take the president -- take mitt romney to task. that did not happen until the last half-hour of the debate. for the better part of the first hour, it was mitt romney who was pn offense, challenging the president's record, addressing him directly, accusing the president of misrepresenting mitt romney. toward the end, we heard mitt romney say, you are entitled to your own house and plain, but not your own facts. there was a fair amount of %+arring back and forth. generally speaking, there demeanor's seemed like, in mitt romney's case, he is prepared to be
unemployment numbers dropping and -- for wednesday's debate. if for president obama, it was a much needed shot in the arm. >> this morning, we found out the unemployment rate fell to its lowest levelness is i took office. >> reporter: -- level since i took office. >> reporter: the president held up the new 7.8% unemployment rate as proof that his policies are working. >> and today's news is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score political points but a reminder the country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: across the state, mitt romney casts doubt on the numbers. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day that the president got elected, our unemployment rate would be around 11% and that is the real reality of what is happening out there. >> reporter: the president's fairfax speech had been aimed at the women issues. >> and i don't think a working mom in arlington should wait to get a mammogram because money is tight. i don't think a college studentsho should have to choose between text books or the prevent
underway. >> and what you will so is governor romney and president obama standing at podiums on the stage. >> reporter: and taking a break from the debate, he made calls and took pizza. >> when i tried it in florida, one woman would not handle it was me. >> reporter: in colorado, meanwhile, mitt romney received the endorsement of john elway. >> i'm delighted we're going have three debates and that is a conversation with the american people. >> reporter: ahead of the debates, fox 5 talked with top officials from the romney and obama campaigning about the predebate goal yes. and that is more comfortable with the format. >> reporter: the romney senior strategist said the poor economy is the focus you go but downplay a "new york times" report that romney used offshore accounts to avoid taxes and inquire -- increase his income. he said that romney's financial decisions are made by a blind trust. >> what is most important to people is they try to relate their economic standing with the candidates and they ask themselves a question what, are the plans we have proposed before the pub
into votes? some say president obama had an off night. tom fitzgerald is tracking all of the reaction. fitz, the president himself came out swinging today? >> reporter: he did, will. the president took on the role of the spin master in chief. speaking in colorado, he mocked mitt romney's policies, challenged his facts and pointed out differences between what mitt romney said last night and during the campaign. the problem, though, is that a much smaller group of people saw the president's appearance today than the 50 million who watched last night as mitt romney gave the political performance of his life. >> reporter: fresh off of what many supporters viewed as a disappointing debate, president obama is trying to hit reset. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: speaking in denver, the president argued mitt romney's debate performance was big on style but short on facts. >> the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to favor the wealthy. last night, he said h
's travelled to the state 44 times since he took office this year alone in 2012. president obama has been to virginia 15 times already and has is not done yet. >> he wants to win virginia, for sure. tom fitzgerald in the newsroom. thank you. >>> mitt romney responding to thjobs report and called the rate insignificant and said this is not what a real recovery looks like. the numbers are deceptive and the president's made the economy worse. >> looks like unemployment is getting better. the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce, today or on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. that is the real reality of what is happening out there. >> mitt romney is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. so how are the new job numbers impacting the race for the white house? jack burkman and democratic strategist gary nordlinger from george washington school join us. thank you for being here. >> good afternoon. >> the fact that the unemployment rate fell below 8% the first time since the president took office should give them a
coming. san yancy with your news edge. >> plenty of jabs thrown this season. president obama and mitt romney took off the gloves. the president jabbed back going after romney on healthcare and tax cuts for the wealthy. tom, what is the reaction from both candidates? >> we've been on the phone tonight with both campaigns. we spoke with one romney campaign official who said quote, he crushed it. quite frankly. the romney forces appeared their a-game left on the obama camp. they were more measured. say said this dewait unfolded and the president in their viewpoint got stronger as this debate went on. one of the very first direct exchanges came on the issue of the deficit. governor romney challenged the president that he had not done enough to reduce the president. lead to mass i have cuts. >> you have been president four years. you would cut the deficit in half, we still have trillion dollar deficits. a trillion dollar deficit each of the four years. if you are reelected, we'll get to a trillion dollar debt. >> we're asking for no revenue, we hag to give -- end up in resulting in se v
politics now. first of three presidential debates is tonight where president obama and governor mitt romney will stand on the same stage for the first time in eight years. >> now, in the swing state of colorado, the candidates will focus on the economy. melanie alnwick is live at the white house with a preview. >> reporter: more than 50 million people are expected to tune in tonight to witness the verbal sparring. governor rome necessity's message will be that the country cannot afford four more years of the obama administration and its policies. president obama's message will be that the country is far better off than it would have been without his policies and he needs four more years in order to be able to finish the job. now, in denver, colorado, final preparations are under way for that first presidential election debate in colorado. the showdown in denver between the president and governor mitt romney will take place at the university of denver. now, unlike debates in the past, this one will be a little bit different. it will be a 90-minute debate broken up into six 15-minute discussi
, president obama and mitt romney will face off for the first presidential debate. stage is set, spotlight on denver tonight. the new polls indicate that mitt romney may need to sway undecided voters during the debate. a cnn poll averaged 7 recent surveys and overall, president obama had 49 to 45%. well, tonight's debate, will it make a difference among the voters? craig bosswell is live in denver with more now. craig. >> reporter: good evening to you. three hours and counting until the main event here. the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign. the first question will go to president obama and that is followed by two-minute answers on the topic and the 15 minutes and there will be a discussion about that topic. this debate is divided up into three 15-minute segments. the economy, roll on government and leadership style. the pressure is certainly on, on mitt romney to perform and is a must-win situation. on the flip side of that for presume a it's a must not lose situation as well and here we are a month away from the election and the stakes are high here tonight, even though both
friends slowly get fatter. [ laughter ] >>> "newsweek" magazine this week featured president obama on the cover with the headline "the first gay president." look, it doesn't mean he's gay just because he's in good shape and goes to a lot of parties and spends money freely and travels constantly and has a rose garden -- oh, my god, he's gay. [ laughter ] >>> new york mayor mike bloomberg on sunday gave the commencement speech at the university of north carolina and criticized the state's same-sex marriage ban, and nothing forces southerners to rethink their ways like criticism from a jewish new yorker. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >>> according to insiders, a group of wealthy republicans are working on a new super pac campaign that would use a "extremely literate conservative african-american to attack president obama." the group did have someone in mind, but had to start their search over when they found out carlton banks was fictional. [ laughter ] it would have been perfect. it would have been perfect. >>> the new republican super pac campaign would also attack president
or donut today. america runs on dunkin'. [ female announcer ] he says... president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. [ female announcer ] but this is what the budget plan mitt romney supports actually does. more huge tax breaks skewed to the wealthy. while cutting nearly eight hundred billion from medicaid... even though middle-class families rely on medicaid to help loved ones cover nursing-home care. and it helps parents support children with disabilities. if mitt romney really "cares," wouldn't we see it in his priorities? say. potomac, maryland man jailed in cuba since 2009 may have cancer. alan gross was convicted of spying after distributing internet equipment to the jewish community and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. his wife says he's lost more than 100 pounds and has a growth on his right shoulder. cue bone doctors say the tumor is benign, but -- cuban doctors say the tumor is benign, but his family doctors say they can't rule it out and it needs to be treated. >>> we are less than 24 hours away from the first presidential debate between president
president obama by making it harder for the elderly and minorities to vote. the judge ruled there was not enough time to enact the law to make sure some voters were not disenfranchised. >>> in less than 24 hours, president obama and mitt romney will square off in their presidential debates. both have been behind closed doors rehearsing for the first face-to-face meeting and tom fit earl has more. >> reporter: it's been interesting. publicly, both of these campaigns have been downplaying the importance of the first debate. the president is not going as -- is going as far as saying he's all right in these kinds of forums. clearly, what we know, is that these debates are important n. a race where the polls are putting the president ahead and not out of reach of mitt romney, it's the challenge who may have more to gain and lose. the president took a break from two days of debate rehearsals to visit one of his own campaign offices in las vegas. he brought pizza to the volunteers and made some phone calls to a couple of voters in the area and many were surprised to have the presid
. president obama versus mitt romney and is this round 1 or a knockout blow? the candidates are in a different place tonight and tom fitzgerald fooled their movements and turned -- turned into spin rooms. tom. >> reporter: the democratic position was that mitt romney's performance last night, in their words, is at odds with what he's saying on the campaign trail and privately, they're acknowledging what many have been saying, that governor romney had a good debate and the president is going to be under pressure to do better next time. the president tried to refrain the debate saying the mitt romney he saw last night had little resemblance to what the president said romney's policies are. governor romney himself, meanwhile s meeting with supporters in colorado. romney said the debate gave him a chance to frame the campaign for the country for what their choice would be. >> last night, i thought it was a great opportunity for the american people to see two different visions for the country. it was helpful to describe the vigs. i saw the president's vision as trickledown government. >> governor r
outside of charlottesville shenandoah valley and president obama campaigns in colorado and ohio. he'll be in virginia tomorrow. >> both are trying to capitalize on any points scored in last night's presidential debate. nicole collins is live on capitol hill to tell us more about what happened last night. good morning to you, nicole. >>reporter: good morning, allison and tony. last night's debate was not full of zingers as it was expected to be. all of the attacks were squarely focused on policy. the candidates were cordial, but mitt romney's aggressive approach appeared to put president obama on defense. >> going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the american people who are struggling today. >>reporter: when i -- >> when i walked into the oval office, i had more than a trillion dollar deficit greeting me and we know where it came from. >>reporter: the debate, held at the university of denver was respectful and devoid of any major entertaining moments. it focused on tense domestic issues like taxes, social security and medicare and the role of the federal gove
. mitt romney knows a breakthrough performance could reshape his campaign. and president barack obama is determined to avoid mistakes that could alter his case for a second term. but an old video of the president is stirring new controversy. fox's doug luzader with the story. >> reporter: we always look for a last minute wrinkle before each debate and this may be it. conservatives are talking up a video of the president in 2007, and something the obama campaign is responding to. >> everybody give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor, jeremiahia wright. >> reporter: then senator obama adopted an accent and make what some see as racially charged comments with hurricane katrina. >> tells me somehow the people down in new orleans, they don't care about as much. >> reporter: conservatives already talking about what the president said and how he said it. >> i'm very surprised at the incredible southern accent, the president who was born in hawaii and lived in chicago. >> reporter: the obama campaign says this is an attempt to distract voters from the video of mitt romney, where he says 47%
their sight on virginia. >> president obama is in fairfax and mitt romney made another swing through the state with more planned next week woman tell you what is on the agenda and which candidate calls his controversial choice of words wrong. >>> trying to track down a suspect before he strikes again. police searching for a man they say is targeting women when they least expect it. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> straight up 6:00 on this friday, october 5th. taking a look outside right now and it is the nice start to your day. nice and cool out there. nothing too bad. going to warm up just a little bit later on. it is friday, october 5th. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. happy friday. let's bring in tucker barnes to get more on the great day we have in store. >> it feels so much better with temperatures falling back into the 50s and low 60s and much less humidity than what we've had. >> it feels great. >> nice start to the day. kids might want a jacket and long pants today after the last couple of mornings waking up in the 70s. it had -- it should
in virginia today. president obama hits the trail in colorado and ohio today. he will be in virginia tomorrow. >> both side will try to capitalize on any points scored in last night's first presidential debate and as fox's craig boswell reports, they tackled the economy, taxes and health care. >> reporter: after weeks of preparation and months of anticipation, president obama and mitt romney meet face to face debating policy and differences of opinion. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney tacted directly to one another meeting -- talked directly to one another. >> governor romney has a perspective that says, if we cut taxes, skew towards the wealthy and roll back regulation, that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> i don't want to cost jobs. my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> reporter: the republican nominee revealing his plan to reduce the deficit. >> what things would i cut from spending? i will eliminate all programs by this test. is the program so critical, it is worth borrowing money from china to pay for it. if not, i'll get rid o
night in the race for the white house. president obama and mitt romney will face off the first time in a nationally televised presidential debate. it will give voters a chance to size up both candidates. craig bosswell lee with all of the details. craig? >> reporter: good evening to you, shawn. president obama moments ago wrapped up his walk-through and spent about 30 minutes on the stage inside the magnus arena and the first question of the debate will go to president obama. both campaigns have been downplaying the expectations, the fact tonight that stakes here are very high. the 90-minute showdown will be broken down into six 15-minute segments. the moderator opens each segment with a question llowed by answers from each candidate and a discussion of the topic. >> there will be fewer questions and more extended discussion that dives into certain detail -- issues in detail. >> reporter: both men are certain to face tough questions on domestic issues, healthcare, the fiscal crisis, unemployment rate and taxes and the role of government and governing style. pollsters said mitt romne
the stand today in a controversial case involving allegedly stolen files. >> also head, president obama and job nominee mitt romney gettingied for tomorrow night's debate. one candidate says it will be about something bigger than who wins and who loses. time now is 6:07. i'm barack o obama and i approved this message. [ mitt romney ] there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it... and they will vote for this president no matter what... and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >>> officials in hong kong say six crew members have been arrested for a deadly boat collision. they're being questioned for endangering people's lives according to china's police chief. at least 37 people were killed and dozens more injured after a boat carrying
the laundry, ibe a greatpay the bills,ildren. i'm barack obama, and i apapproe this message. i make sure my kids are fed and rested and healthy. female vo: moms like christie would be stretched even more under mitt romney. to fund his tax cuts for millionaires, romney could take away middle class deductions for child care, home mortgages, and college tuition. christie: mitt romney, he's so focused on big business and tax cuts for the wealthy... it seems like his answers to middle-class america are just...tough...tough luck. infringement on our lives.s like such an... how dare they step into my life that way. it's none of their business. he's trying to restrict us, again. he's taking us backwards. george allen is the last thing we need in washington. anncr: the democratic senatorial campaign committee is... responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> our breaking news continues on this monday night. you can see some of the nats players excited. they are the nl east champions. here's how it went down tonight. the nats versus the phillies at home. the nats lose that game, but late in
rate fell to 7.8% and employers add 114,000 jobs. the numbers come as welcome news for president obama who campaigned in northern virginia today. fox 5's tom fitzgerald was with the president today and has the latest from the trail. >> reporter: for president obama it was a much needed shot in the arm. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [ cheering and applause ] >> speaking at george mason university in fairfax the president held up the new 7.8% unemployment rate as proof that his policies are working. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. nts. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: >> but across the state in abington, virginia, mitt romney cast doubt on those numbers. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president was elected, or unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> the pr
and president obama will stand on the same stage for the first time in eight years. >> romney said he would consider tax deductions for health care costs. melanie alnwick is live at the white house with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. more than other million people are expected to tune in tonight to watch the verbal sparring. the debate expected to focus heavily on economic issues. governor romney's message will be that the country can't afford four more years of the obama administration and president obama's message will be that the country is far better off with his policies than it would have otherwise been and he needs four more years to finish the job. ish th final prep rigs are under way in denver for the first presidential debate. the showdown between president obama and governor mitt romney will take place at the university of denver. now, unlike debates in the past, this one will be a little different. the 90 minute format will be divided into six 15-minute discussions. ors believe that will help views are to get a good sense of the candidates' views on key issue. one politi
president obama heads to fairfax to george mason university. meanwhile, mitt romney is headed to the southwestern part of the state to rally coal supporters. >>> anticipated september jobs report comes out in about an hour and a half. as doug luzader explains, it could have a big impact on the presidential race. >> reporter: this is the unemployment rate since president obama took office. it's been up and down, but all the focus today will be here at the very end, where it heads right before the election. for the white house, today's unemployment numbers probably confirm a cold reality, there just isn't much time left now for a major turnaround in the labor market before election day. the news from analysts may not be encouraging. >> we think the economy is going to be very sluggish as people sit back and wait to see how this fiscal cliff issue is dealt with by the new legislature and executive. >> reporter: that fiscal cliff is a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit at the end of the year after the election. the president coming off with what was widely seen
-time traffic. >>> the economy took center stage in last night's first presidential debate. both president obama and mitt romney picked apart the plans and touted their open. >> the polls show most people think that romney won the debate. >> i will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals. i know that you and your running mate keep saying that and i know it's popular thing to say with a lot of people but it is just not the case. i got five boys. i'm used to people saying something that is not always true but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping i will believe t that is not the case. i will not reduce the attacks paidby high-income americans. number three, i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle income families. >> four years ago when i stood on this stage, i said that i would cut taxes for middle class families. and that is exactly what i did. we cut taxes for middle class families by about $3600. the rope is because i believe that we do best when the middle class is doing well. and by giving them those tax cuts, they had a little more money in their pocke
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virginia, president barack obama has stops in colorado and wisconsin. all three are battleground states. let's last night's presidential debate from fox's nicole collins. nicole is live on capitol hill this morning. good morning. >>reporter: good morning, allison. those swing states very important. for mitt romney last night, he's been trailing slightly in the polls in many of those states, so it was very important for him to have a strong showing and it appears he delivered. [ cheers and applause ] >>reporter: the candidates were cordial, but mitt romney's aggressive approach appear today put president obama on defense. >> going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the american people who are struggling today. >> when i walked into the oval office, i had more than a trillion dollar deficit greeting me and we know where it came from. >>reporter: the debate held at the university of denver was respectful and devoid of any major entertaining moments. it focused on dense domestic issues like taxes, social security and medicare and the role of the federal government. t
is president obama's to lose. according to a new study, the ap says the president would be reelected if the election were held today. according to its analysis, he would win at least 271 electoral votes with victories in 21 states and washington, d.c. mitt romney would win 23 states, which would net him 206 electoral votes. to win, the republican presidential nominee would have to win six swing states, which are still up for grabs. he'd also need president obama to lose in ohio or iowa. the ap has him winning both states right now. also right now, president obama is in nevada preparing for wednesday night's first debate. senator john kerry is playing the role of mitt romney in the debate preps. the president many ka pacampaig night in las vegas. he asked supporters at this virginia high school to keep believing in him. the president does not have any events scheduled for today so he can focus on preparing for wednesday night. mitt romney is hoping the debate gives the presidential nominee a much needed boost. a supporter calls wednesday night the restart of this campaign. romney will
tickets to the debate where president obama and mitt romney will debate domestic policy issues. the debate is set for wednesday night at 9:00 p.m., and today the president will go to nevada for campaign rallies and debeat prep. then he will visit virginia on friday. president obama is scheduled to speak at a grass roots campaign event in fair fax county. so far no details on where or what time the president will appear. the latest polls show him with a lead over mitt romney in virginia. >> mitt romney will spend today preparing for wednesday's debate. he is expected to appear tomorrow and will stay in the city until after the debate. analyst say wednesday is his best chance to help change the polls. romney is running out of time, david gregory joined us onset, and he says wednesday's debate may be romney's only chance to do just that. >> they represent the last big moment to reach sen tens of millions of people at one time. i think it is a last chance to turn the debate around and the campaign around. if they're in a cycle where they're just reacting to events and looking for an angle, it
obama and mitt romney are gearing up for the first debate. they are going to face off in denver on wednesday night and the stakes are high. a good performance can pump up a party's enthusiasm and per sway undecided voters. >> who will pay attention to this and look for something maybe to make them change their mind for people who aren't completely thrilled about their choice. >> both of the guys have been through an awful lot of debates in their careers, they are both pretty good, they'll both be well prepared. >> the primary focus of this week's debate is domestic policy. >> a new poll from the washington post shows president obama leading among swing state voters. 52% of likely voters in battleground states say they would vote for the president if the election were today. 41% say they woo pick mr. romney. those numbers are similar from the washington post polls, in florida, ohio and virginia. >> developing overseas tonight, a grim milestone in the war in afghanistan. the death toll for u.s. troops has now reached 2,000. the most recent deaths came this weekend. two americans k
at your forecast. stay with us.  i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. christie: i i do the laundry, i pay the bills,  i make sure my kids are fed and rested and healthy. female vo: moms like christie would be stretched even more under mitt romney. to fund his tax cuts for millionaires, romney could take away middle class deductions for child care, home mortgages, and college tuition. christie: mitt romney, he's so focused on big business and tax cuts for the wealthy... it seems like his answers to middle-class america are just...tough...tough luck. [ mitt romney ] there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it... and they will vote for this president no matter what... and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for
if the presidential race. president obama will be in northern virginia this morning. he is speaking to students at george mason university. his campaign says the president will talk about the choice facing voter between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy. mitt romney is back in the commonwealth this morning. he and his running mate paul ryan were at an event in the shenandoah valley. he is looking to build momentum after the debate. >>> a health alert now about a rare form of meningitis. officials say it has now spread to six states killing five people including one each in maryland and virginia. 35 cases have been reported across the country of fungal meningitis. doctors say it taxed the lining of the brain and the spinal cord. all of the infected patients received steroid injections to treat back pain. doctors suggest the steroid was likely contaminated and say it is not contagious. >> you are going to see a spike perhaps in more cases in the next few more days but ultimately, it will subside. >> it is very important for your listening audience to know that this me
. a new poll shows where the candidates stand with the voters. >> reporter: president obama leads mitt romney by 18 points among likely women voters and has a four had been point lead in an overall match-up, but romney is ahead with independents and more think he can best handle the deficit. according to a new quinnipiac poll coming out one day before the first debate. >> i'm delighted we'll have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> reporter: the debate stage is nearly set at university of denver as both candidates work on final prep for the first match-up that focuses on domestic policies. romney is practicing at his colorado hotel, but he's been doing mock debates for weeks with ohio senator rob portman standing in as the president. >> i think romney has to throw the president off stride and get under his skin. maybe he mentions president obama's penchant for playing golf when the economy is souring. >> reporter: the president is prepping in nevada where he's said to b
right, tucker. thank you very much. president barack obama and mitt romney will take center stage tonight in denver for the first of three presidential debates. the candidates are expected to focus on domestic issues, particularly the economy during the debate. there are nine electoral votes up for grabs in colorado making it a key prize for both candidates. you can watch the first presidential debate right here on fox 5. it starts at 9:00 tonight live from denver. >>> our other top stories, a rough ride for the vice president. the pilot of air force two had to delay landing two times yesterday because of bad weather. the white house saws the pilot had a miss ad approach during thunderstorms at charlotte international airport. it caused mr. biden to be late for a campaign event and then later, rain and fog forced his plane to land at dulles international rather than andrews air force base. >>> the nats defeated the phillies 4-2. >>> the former governor of california, arnold schwarzenegger, was in d.c. last night promoting his new book and his confessions are raising some eyebrows.
5 news edge at 11:00. [ female announcer ] who will raise taxes on the middle class? barack obama and the liberals already have. to pay for government-run healthcare, you'll pay higher taxes and more for your medicine. and their plan includes a trillion dollars in higher taxes. even on the middle class. mitt romney and common sense conservatives will cut taxes on the middle class. and they'll close loopholes for millionaires. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. [ romney] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >>> facebook launches a new feature, but since its stock isn't doing so hot they want you to pay up. shawn yancy has tonight's fox 5 top five. p five. >> up first tonight, brian, if you're in the market for a safe new car, we have the latest crash test results. no. 5, the insurance institute for highway safety says these five cars are tops in those crash test ratings. each vehicle performed well in tests evaluating front, side and rear impacts as well as rollovers. no. 4, you drink at least three cups of coffee a day,you may increase your risk
the ads have to be up no later than 5:00 monday evening. >>> new details about what went on in the obama administration right after the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate compound in libya. shawn yancy is everywhere at 11:00. >> the president's team reportedly discovered terrorist sightings the day after the attack. the national security aides and intelligence officials were divided how to move forward. it wasn't until post attack footage was analyzed days later that found impact angles suggesting gps devices were used to make direct hits. the very next day officials announced terrorists were behind the attack. >>> american airlines says all of its grounded 757s will be in service tomorrow. the airline pulled 48 planes out of service to make repairs after several seats came loose midair on three different flights on three different days. 50 flights were canceled thursday, 44 today. american is now adding an experimental faa approved device that will hold a row of seats in a track connected to the floor. >>> president obama touting a strong jobs report causing ripple effects in the race
debate last night romney said he has plans to fix the economy. president obama said, when he became president four years ago, he was dealing with a major economic crisis. >> i also promised that i would fight every single day on behalf of the american people and the middle class and all those who are strifing to get into the middle class, i've kept that promise. >> there are two different paths that we began speaking about this evening and over the course of this month, we'll have two more presidential debates and a vice presidential debate. the two paths lead in very different directions. it is not just looking to our words. you can look at the record. there is no question some my mind, if the president were to be re-elected, you will continue to see a middle class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up. i'll get incomes going up again. >>> a health alert, a rare form of meningitis has killed at least four people, including two in maryland and virginia. the infection was not transmitted from person to person but rather through a steroid used to treat back pain. we have
in effect election day. democrats said the law was a ploy to beat president obama for making it harder for minorities to vote. the judge ruled there wasn't enough time to enact the law to make sure some voters weren't disenfranchised. >>> the pilot of air force 2 had to delay landing two times yesterday because of bad weather. the white house says the pilot missed approach during thunderstorms at charlotte international airport. later fog caused the plane to land at dulles instead of andrews air force base. >>> maryland residents could be asked to pay more for electricity each month. >> but the extra money would go towards preventing major power outages. fox5's melanie alnwick joins us with details. >> reporter: good morning. i just got off the phone with a spokesman for maryland's public service commission and she says the commission doesn't have the report. they understand it will be released today. the recommendations from the governor's task force, and they look forward to considering the recommendations. this came about after the june storm. it knocked out power to millions. some
's doug luzader has the latest on the president barack obama and mitt romney debate preps. >> reporter: one new national poll is out. but it really hasn't done a whole lot to change the real clear politics, national average of polls, which shows the president nationwide about 3 1/2 points up, over mitt romney. but this all comes down to swing states, including colorado. the site of wednesday's debate. >> mitt romney is already in denver. getting in to the final campaigning and a last-minute endorsement from former broncos quarterback john elway but preparing for a much more critical stage on wednesday. >> so i look forward to these debates. i'm delighted that we will have three debates. it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. >> that stage at the university of denver is still being set for the first debate which will focus primarily on domestic issues. >> this is barack obama. how are you? >> president obama made some quick phone calls at a campaign office in nevada where he is going through debate rehearsals. >> basically they're keepi
. >>> topping our stories this morning, president obama is returning to the battleground state of virginia and he'll be in our area. the president is due to speak at a campaign rally at george mason university at 10:45 this morning. after he leaves fairfax county, he heads to another university in ohio. mr.obama will speak at cleveland state university this afternoon. >>> meanwhile, republican nominee mitt romney is also in virginia again this morning. he'll be at a campaign event in washington county on the north carolina border. yesterday romney campaigned with country music legend trace atkins outside charlottesville. both meet for another debate in new york in a week and a half. >>> surprising unemployment report shows the jobless rate dropped. most economists expected it to rise. it went down from 8.1 to 7.8%. this is the first time in almost four years that the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the government says the rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential race. >>> making headlines this morning, an alert for women in fairfax county.
a gun fight with afghan soldiers. >>> president obama appears to be winning over voters in states that could decide this election. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. both candidates will spend the next couple of days preparing for their first debate. it takes place wednesday night in november. the president is getting ready in nevada. romney is already in denver. >>> and vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia as well. the republican congressman will hold a three-day camp starting on wednesday. it is still unknown where he'll be exactly in the state for his debate prep. as for vice president joe biden, he's using maryland representative chris van holland to stand in as ryan. the vp debate is set for october 11th in kentucky. >>> today the supreme court's new session begins. the nine justices will rule on several key cases, inclu
barack obama is still at a desert resort huddling with advisors as he gets ready for tomorrow's first debate with republican mitt romney. romney made a campaign appear snow is in denver and told the crowd he would honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants because of an executive order signed by the president. >>> call day lose-win. the phillies beat the nationals 2-0 last night but the second place braves also lost which clinches the nationals' first nl east divisional title. the team brought the celebration on to the field to share it with the fans. the celebration spilled over onto south capital street and beyond last night. >> i can't even express right now what i'm feeling. this was amazing. we're going to the post-season with the nl east division champs. >> how are you feel something. >> i'm just extra happy that we -- we lost but we won. it's just -- i don't know. i feel great. >> really pumped that we actually clinched for the division. >> what did you think of that game? >> good. >> what won? >> washington. >> last year at this time, we weren't even considerin
injections for back pain. this form of meningitis is not contagious. >>> president obama is returning to the battleground state of virginia this morning. he is due to speak at george mason university. he then heads to another university in ohio. mr.obama will speak at cleveland state university this afternoon. >>> in northwest d.c., four people including one firefighter are recovering after a fire on k street. one person had to jump from a window and is in serious condition. the injured firefighter is expected to be okay. no word on what caused last night's fire. >>> the reflecting pool in front of the lincoln memorial is empty again. during the two-year $35 million renovation, the pool was reengineered to draw river watt ferreira the tidal basin instead of city drinking water. the level of ozone wasn't collaborated correctly. >>> it has been one year since the death of apple founder steve jobs but the company is doing better than ever. >> some were worried that apple would not succeed without its founding father. >> reporter: one year ago, apple's cofounder, steve jobs, passed away.
? >> a break from campaign events today for president obama and mitt romney. both candidates are preparing for their first debate tonight at the university of denver. the candidates will debate domestic policy issues. more than 50 million people are expected to tune in many brian mooar is following the candidate's running mates on the campaign trail today. >> day's before the first presidential debate. mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline. i can honest letter say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> vice president biden was fight
shepard smith. just moments from now, we expect president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, to take the stage for the first of three presidential debates. both candidates have spent most the cameras to prepare for tonight's debate. for governor romney, he has logged plenty of debate time during the gop primaries but he has not gone head-to-head the presidency untillnow. tonight's face-off will focus on domessic policy, including health care, the re of governments, and the number one issue on voters' minds, the economy. you can expect both candidates to have a say on the 8.1% of the unemployment rate and the national debt. keep in mind with early voting under way in 10 states already, many americans have already cast their ballots. still governor romney and presideet obama have plenty of opportunity to hurt or help their campaign in the next nine minutes. no cheering, no. now, the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. >> good evening from maaness arena at the university of denver in denver colorado. i am jim lehrer of pbs news hour, and i welcome the new to the first of the 2012 pre
down on voter fraud but others say it will be harder for minorities to vote. >>> president obama is in nevada getting ready for tomorrow's first presidential debate and mitt romney is already in colorado where the debate will be held. at the university of denver, preparations are well under way for the big event. romney is shifting his focus after intense criticism from fellow republicans and highlighting the race as a choice between his plans for the economy and the president's policies. >> i represent a very different course. i will make sure that the young people of today have great jobs tomorrow and have a bright and prosperous future. that's the difference between us. >> who is going to put the most points on the board? >> you are! >> not i. governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the president took a break from preparations and got applause when he showed up with pizzas at his las vegas campaign office. >>> it is hard to miss the television ads about question seven in maryland. it is an effort to expand gaming in the state. lawmakers say the expansion would
of "meet the press." david in 2008 candidate obama talked about this war as the war we must win. this time around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general pe
compare this to? i think the night barack obama was elected president there was electricity in the air. since then almost four years i think this is the next best thing really. it's been quite a night here. >> earlier we were talking about all the fans still inside. from your perspective does it look like almost everyone has cleared out now heading home? >> reporter: pretty much. duane, show them these folks. this is one of the employee exits. you've got some folks who work the game who bought some merchandise. they're dancing thumbs up hanging out having a good time. really most of the fans have made it home, but just the folks who worked here. how you doing, okay? yeah, near good. it's been a heck of -- they're good. it's within a heck of a night and we're seeing a lot of people who work here leaving with shopping bags with shirts and hats. >> bob barnard, thank you so much for giving us the perspective outside there with the fans. speaking of fans, our facebook fans overwhelmed with excitement now that the nats clinched the division title, many leaving congratulatory messages on ou
, but north still seeing volume in that area. aaron and angie, back over to you. >>> president obama appears to be winning where it matters most. aittle more than five weeks before the election, he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. that's according to the latest washington post/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. the president is taking a break from campaigning today to prepare for the first presidential debate on wednesday in denver. he's prepping in nevada, where he held this rally last night. he told supporters there in las vegas he hopes the debate serves as a conversation about what needs to be done to keep the country growing. the president will return to the campaign trail later this week. he is scheduled to visit fairfax county on friday. >>> mitt romney heads to denver today. the republican presidential nominee will hold a rally there this evening as he prepares for wednesday's debate. his campaign is hoping the debate gives romney
of nevada, president obama rallied supporters in las vegas sunday night. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. i'm asking for your vote. i'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping on to a small lead in the swing states, including iowa, where a new poll shows mitt romney trailing by four points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through. you know, the comment that doesn't happen very often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chr
of perfection. [ female announcer ] he says... president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. [ female announcer ] but this is what the budget plan mitt romney supports actually does. more huge tax breaks skewed to the wealthy. while cutting nearly eight hundred billion from medicaid... even though middle-class families rely on medicaid
would expect to see obama signs, there are also romney signs alongside them on many blocks. while romney supporters suggest the signs are indicative of growing support, the obama campaign takes a different view, and has a slightly different philosophy about the importance of yard signs. as they put it, signs don't vote. >> it's the people in our neighborhoods who are going to decide this election. it's not the yard signs. >> reporter: until recently, obama yard signs could be purchased online. so could romney signs. but the republican campaign office has also been handing them out free for months. this obama campaign office got its first batch of 1,500 yard signs to give away for free. the volunteers say when they hand over a sign, it's a chance for pulling in a recruit. >> we ask them if they're volunteers. and if they say, no, they haven't really done that, we say right here, here's your form. can you stay? or when can we count on you coming back? >> reporter: the romney campaign said its signs are proof of what they say is an unprecedented gop get out the vote effort. >> the largest e
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